Definitions for NEEDnid
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
need*nid(n.; v.; auxiliary v.; pres. sing. 3rd pers.)need.
(n.)a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation:
There is no need to go there.
a lack of something wanted or deemed necessary:
the needs of the poor.
urgent want, as of something requisite:
They have need of your charity.
necessity arising from existing circumstances:
There is need for caution now.
a situation or time of difficulty:
to help a friend in need.
a condition marked by the lack of something requisite:
the need for leadership.
destitution; extreme poverty:
The family's need is acute.
(v.t.)to have need of; require:
to need money.
(v.i.)to be in need or want.
Archaic. to be necessary.
(auxiliary v.)(used to express obligation or necessity, esp. in interrogative or negative statements):
Need I say more?
Category: Function Word
Idioms for need:
if need be,should the necessity arise.
* Syn: See lack.
Origin of need:
bef. 900; (n.) ME nede, OE nēd, c. OFris nēd, OHG nōt (G Not), ON nauth, Go nauths; (v.) ME neden, OE nēodian
a condition requiring relief
"she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs"
anything that is necessary but lacking
"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
motivation, motive, need(noun)
the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
"we did not understand his motivation"; "he acted with the best of motives"
indigence, need, penury, pauperism, pauperization(verb)
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
"their indigence appalled him"; "a general state of need exists among the homeless"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)
require as useful, just, or proper
"It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
want, need, require(verb)
have need of
"This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
have or feel a need for
"always needing friends and money"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
indicates sth is necessary or required
I'm so hot - I need a drink.; She needs help.; You need to show ID at the door.
indicates what you should do or want to do
I need to go shopping.; You just need to keep trying.
indicates what is necessary
You needn't worry.
indicates it is not necessary to do sth
I need hardly say that the artist is one of our national treasures.
a situation in which sth is necessary
an urgent need for food aid; There is no need to be afraid.; The house is in need of a paint job.
to do what is necessary
a program that meets the needs of the community
sth sb needs to live or achieve sth
Everyone has needs.
a strong feeling that you want sth
a child's need for love; I felt the need to visit my family.
the state of not having enough food, shelter, money, etc.
a charity serving children in need
if sth is necessary
We'll save the money for the trip, if need be.
a state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want
want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution
that which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business
situation of need; peril; danger
to be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief
to be wanted; to be necessary
of necessity. See Needs
A need is something that is necessary for organisms to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants because a deficiency would cause a clear negative outcome, such as dysfunction or death. Needs can be objective and physical, such as food, or they can be subjective and psychological, such as the need for self-esteem. On a social level, needs are sometimes controversial. Understanding needs and wants is an issue in the fields of politics, social science, and philosophy.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'NEED' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #284
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'NEED' in Written Corpus Frequency: #165
Rank popularity for the word 'NEED' in Nouns Frequency: #97
Rank popularity for the word 'NEED' in Verbs Frequency: #31
Translations for NEED
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something essential, that one must have
Food is one of our basic needs.
- necessidadePortuguese (BR)
- dringende NotwendigkeitGerman
- ανάγκη, αναγκαιότηταGreek
- nužda, potrebaCroatian
- 필요한 것Korean
- reikmė, poreikisLithuanian
- ihtiyaç, gereksinmeTurkish
- 需要Chinese (Trad.)
- nhu cầuVietnamese
- 需要Chinese (Simp.)
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